In Attendance: Danielle Tagger-Epstein, Marion Anderson, Emily Dorin, Allison Cupp, Judy Secon, Adrienne Mecca

Danielle Tagger-Epstein called the meeting to order at 7:40 pm. The minutes of the November 30, 2017 meeting were approved.

New Business

The future dates of the Human Rights Commission: January 18, 2018; February 12, 2018; March 22,2018; April 26, 2018; May 24,2018; June 21, 2018; July 26, 2018; August 23, 2018; September 27, 2018; October 25, 2018; November 29, 2018; December 20, 2018 were unanimously approved.

Allison Cupp discussed ALLY’s efforts in meeting with the Rye Free Reading Room and the possibility of the use of badges for staff as identification them as resources for Ally. The possibility of a pilot program will be explored. The use of the Human Rights Commission logo was discussed, and Danielle Tagger-Epstein would further explore this.

Possible future projects for ALLY were discussed including the compiling of a resources list, reaching out to the YMCA, Rye City Merchants and Police Department. It was noted the Rye Community Synagogue displays an emblem and that perhaps, other houses of worship would join in this effort.

Danielle Tagger-Epstein reported on her meeting with Dr. Byrne, the Superintendent of the Rye City Schools. During this meeting, the need for a more inclusive sports program was discussed. Danielle Tagger-Epstein and Adrienne Mecca will be meeting with members of RAISE, the Special Education Parent Organization and Dr. Byrne to review the needs and the possible of roll the Human Rights Commission in this endeavor.

A potential partnership with Wainwright House for a screening of the movie “Saturday Church” was discussed.

The new Human Rights Commission website was reviewed and was well received by all members.

A review of possible grant writing and fundraising possibilities was made and will continue.

The suggestion of a community Unity Day was made and will be reviewed at the Commission’s next meeting.